Dengfeng Sun

 Dengfeng Sun




ARMS 3217 

Office Phone

+1 765 49-45718  



B.Eng., Tsinghua University, Precision Instruments and Mechanology, 2000
M.S., The Ohio State University, Industrial and Systems Engineering, 2002
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, Civil Engineering, 2008  

Prior Appointments

2005-2008 Visiting Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
2008-2009 Associate Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA 

Research Areas

Systems, Control, and Optimization; Resilient Cyber-Physical Systems; Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems; Intelligent Transportation Systems. 

Notable Affiliations


Dengfeng Sun is a Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. Before joining Purdue, he was an Associate Scientist with University of California Santa Cruz at NASA Ames Research Center. He received a bachelor's degree in precision instruments and mechanology from Tsinghua University in China, a master's degree in industrial and systems engineering from the Ohio State University, and a PhD degree in civil engineering from University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Sun's research interests include distributed control and optimization: theory, algorithms, and computation; cyber-physical systems; unmanned aerial vehicle systems; air traffic control and air transportation; intelligent transportation systems.

Dr. Sun is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) and a Senior Member of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). Currently, he is an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems. Dr. Sun is a Co-Director of NEXTOR III, the FAA Consortium in Aviation Operations Research, and serves the Technical Committee on Guidance, Navigation, and Control in the AIAA. He is the faculty advisor of Sigma Gamma Tau, the national honor society for Aerospace Engineering.

Dr. Sun is a Private Pilot and a Drone Pilot. He was the faculty advisor of PPI (Purdue Pilots, Inc.) from 2012 to 2021. 

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